In the north, ruled by Kyros the Overlord, everyone is equal (except the Archons, which are more equal than others ;)). In the "barbaric south" (a tiny outcrop of land compared to Kyros' lands), women enherit the land ownership while men enherit the sea related property. This doesn't mean men can't be kings (here "Regent") or that women can't captain a ship.
It's a kinda matriarchal society mostly, but this is not true in all southern countries. Stalwart has male Regents who govern the land.
>Hence, tons of women in power in the game.
The main objection I hear is that women here are not exceptions in heavy combat roles. You'd expect women in magical, support, ranged (javelin & bow) or lance related roles mostly. Not shock troops in heavy armor. Nor would you expect a woman as the second in command for Graven Ashe.
The scarlet furies make sense, since they gracefully slaughter with dexterity, not necessarily brute force.
Much can be explained away, but there seems to be a disproportionate number of lesbians in the south and they do rub your nose in it sometimes. You get the feeling they genderswapped people at the end of development. There's even people who refer to themselves as male in conversation, but have female character models... Sloppy.
They also try to explain that female soldiers are "welcome" to get pregnant. Yeah... Being out of the fight for 6 months to a few years. I guess that's a great strategy to lose wars.